What to expect in the first year of cannabis legalization

 

August 11, 2023

Charles Goodwin, a Red Lake band member and NativeCare employee, makes the first legal purchase of recreational marijuana in Minnesota on the Red Lake reservation on Aug. 1, 2023. Photo by Max Nesterak/Minnesota Reformer

by Christopher Ingraham

Minnesota Reformer

Marijuana has been legal in Minnesota for one week, and so far the sky hasn't fallen.

As people all over the state celebrate the ability to use their recreational drug of choice without fear of prosecution, officials are beginning the hard work of setting up the regulatory infrastructure to oversee a new industry.

Until the first retail shops open, marijuana exists in a strange gray area where it's legal to possess and use, but not to buy or sell. That means things are going to be a little weird for a while - here are a few trends to watch out fo...



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